Entries by Youth First

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Model Emotional Regulation for Children

By Deena Bodine, LCSW – May 14, 2019 Life can place many demands on us: work obligations, financial pressures, health issues…the list goes on. These life stressors can make it difficult to be at our best as parents, especially when we feel overwhelmed, frustrated, discouraged, or defeated. During this time, we may even begin second-guessing […]

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Managing Test Anxiety

By Laura Arrick, LCSW – April 30, 2019 It is a very busy time of year in local schools. ISTEP and ILEARN have taken over the past couple of months. Finals and end-of-year exams will closely follow. These tests can bring about a lot of pressure and stress for our students. Learning how to manage […]

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Values in Today’s Society

Teresa Mercer, LCSW, LCAC – April 23, 2019 Upholding Values in Today’s Society By Teresa Mercer, Youth First, Inc. I have worked with people of all ages, and that has given me the unique experience of learning about the different value systems of many people. It has been very interesting to listen to every person’s […]

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Binge-Watching and Your Brain

By, Diane Braun We all know that sitting for long periods of time isn’t good for your body, but what does sitting in front of the television do to your brain? A recent conversation with a colleague made me curious about this phenomenon called “binge-watching.” Binge-watching is defined as watching between two and six episodes […]

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Enhancing Organizational Skills

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW, LCAC – April 9, 2019 Organizational skills are important, whether we are professionals in the work force, parents, teenagers or children.  Mastering this life skill will be valuable in every phase of our lives.  It is never too late to evaluate how your child is doing in enhancing this skill and […]

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Enjoy Nature and Improve Your Mental Health

By Kristen Melhiser, MSW, March 19, 2019 – While living in Colorado for 11 years, I had access to vast beautiful landscapes and often found myself at great peace and wholeness when in nature. What is it about nature that is so alluring and healing to the mind, body, and soul? Is it the beautiful […]

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Healthy Friendships

By Kaitlyn Meredith, MSW, Youth First, Inc. – March 12, 2019 Healthy Friendships By Kaitlyn Meredith, Youth First, Inc. When you think of friendship, what comes to mind? Is it someone that you do homework with? Is it someone that is there for you when the going gets tough? Maybe it’s that person who cheers […]

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Electronics: The Modern-Day Playground

By Beth Greene, MSW, LSW – March 5, 2019 Technology is the norm in our society today. One in three children learns to use an electronic device before they learn to talk. Does your child get angry when you mention that an electronic device could be taken away as a punishment? Technology addiction is not […]

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Change Your Food; Change Your Mood

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW, February 26, 2019 – Most of us have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Recent research into food and the effects it has on the body and mind now have us saying, “Change your food, change your mood.” Our brains are made of many neural pathways, transmitters, and chemicals […]